Resource Library

Everyone should have access to an open and trusted Internet.
Read our reports, papers, and other documents for insight and vision on how we can get there.

Action Plan 2021

The roadmap for our work ahead – let’s join together to support our vision that the Internet is for everyone.

Impact Report 2020

Some of our important work in 2020, highlighting how our community has worked together to to build, promote and defend the Internet.

Global Internet Report (GIR)

From trust to consolidation, access to sustainability, a deep look at the forces shaping our digital future.

Policy Briefs

Our perspective on critical Internet issues, including community networks, encryption, open Internet standards, Internet Exchange Points, and more.

COVID-19 Impact on Internet Performance
This report holistically examines the state of Internet infrastructure, performance, network resilience and discusses insights on how to strengthen Internet performance in Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka ...
White Paper: Considerations for Mandating Open Interfaces
People all around the world depend on the Internet to live their lives and do their jobs. Behind the surface of applications, online services depend on “interoperability”, the ability of software ...
Traceability and Cybersecurity

Traceability, or the ability track down the originator of a particular piece of content or message, is at the center of India’s debate around rules for online platforms and communications ...

Impact of COVID-19 on the Internet Ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa
This paper focuses on the challenges of addressing the COVID-19 crisis and its potential aftermath in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ...
Insights from Internet Society’s 2020 Public Pulse Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how critical the Internet is to daily life – a point further emphasized in a recent public pulse survey from the Internet Society, a global ...

Breaking Encryption Myths

In September 2020, a draft European Commission report called “Technical solutions to detect child sexual abuse in end-to-end encrypted communications” was leaked.1 The report gave an analysis of different ways ...

2020 Indigenous Connectivity Summit Policy Recommendations

Indigenous peoples in North America are pursuing innovative and independent ways to connect to the Internet. They face unique challenges to connectivity and, when it comes to policymaking, they are ...

Internet Way of Networking Use Case: Data Localization
This use case analyzes the effect that government policies regarding data localization may have on the Internet Way of Networking ...
Fact Sheet: Does quantum computing put our digital security at risk?
A paper explaining how quantum computing and encryption are related ...
Info Guide: For Youth by Youth: 3 Ways to ACT

Heading to a protest or just worried about snooping siblings? You definitely don’t want to be SMSing about it. You need something safer. 

You need to make sure the apps ...

Info Guide: Virtual schooling: 11 ways to keep your child safe online
Take a look through our back-to-school checklist that aims to help you, as a parent or guardian, make sure your child stays safe while learning online ...
Intermediary Liability Survey: Latin America

This report is a product of a crowdsourcing exercise designed to map current existing intermediary liability regimes in Latin American countries. Such an exercise was conducted with the full support ...

Archives

Encryption: Essential for the LGBTQ+ Community
For some communities, like LGBTQ+ communities, encryption is especially crucial in keeping people safe both online and in real life ...
Online Trust Audit – 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaigns
Given increased concerns about security and privacy in the political realm and the continuing drumbeat of high-profile data breaches, we conducted an Audit of the websites and email practices of ...
2019 Online Trust Audit Methodology 

The 2019 Online Trust Audit will represent the 11th independent analysis and benchmark report of the adoption of security standards and responsible privacy practices. This methodology reflects comments received in response to the Internet Society’s ...

Policy Brief: IoT Privacy for Policymakers

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the latest wave of integration of technology into our lives and surroundings. This rapidly-spreading new generation of devices brings cameras, microphones, sensors, computing, ...

Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?
Based on 1,200 privacy statements, many are not prepared for coming regulations ...
2019 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

The 2019 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll will represent the 11th independent analysis and benchmark report of the adoption of security standards and responsible privacy practices. 

Sites  are eligible to ...

2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report
This year’s report includes ransomware, business email compromise (BEC), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, connected device vulnerability, and more ...
Policy Brief: Principles for Responsible Data Handling

More and more of our activities generate data which is collected and used in ways we don't see and can't control. While the data is used for analytics and targeted ...

The State of User Privacy and Trust Online
In the 2019 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, Internet users point to cybercriminals, Internet companies, other Internet users, and governments as major sources of their distrust in ...
Net Neutrality Experts’ Roundtable Series Process Report
The United States needs an approach that upholds the core principles of an open Internet and provides market stability; it also needs a solution that puts consumer rights at the ...
Net Neutrality Legislation: A Framework for Consensus

Note: The Net Neutrality Principles do not represent the views of the Internet Society, nor any of its Chapters, members, partners or any of the participating organizations. Rather, they ...

Enhancing IoT Security: Final Outcomes and Recommendations Report
The Internet of Things (IoT) carries enormous potential to change the world for the better. Projections for the impact of IoT on the Internet and the global economy are impressive, ...

Organization Reports

On annual basis, we publish annual reports (an Action Plan and Impact Report), as well as financial reports, annual financial statements, and Form 990s.